Event cancelled: Duke Bluebeard's Castle: Chapel Hill


On Tour

Tue 5 May 2020 7.30pm - 9.30pm
Memorial Hall

Bartók Concerto for Orchestra
Bartók Duke Bluebeard's Castle

Sir Simon Rattle conductor
Rinat Shaham mezzo-soprano
Gábor Bretz bass
London Symphony Orchestra

To book tickets please visit the venue's website


Please note that finish times are approximate and subject to change

This performance has been cancelled as a result of the impact of Covid-19
Carolina Performing Arts will be contacting all ticketholders to issue refunds, but ask for your patience at this moment.
Find updated information regarding the impact of COVID-19 on this event please visit the venue's website.


Bartók’s last, great masterpiece is heard alongside the gruesome fairy-tale of Duke Bluebeard’s Castle, conducted by Music Director Sir Simon Rattle.

Bartók loved folk music, not just for its artistic quality, but also as an expression of the communities which keep it alive. Nowhere are those values clearer than in his last great masterpiece, the Concerto for Orchestra. With no official soloist, a diverse collection of instruments performs to one another, modelling how social cohesion can be achieved through the celebration of difference, not in its removal.

From an optimistic vision of community to a gripping operatic horror story. Duke Bluebeard’s young bride Judith arrives at his dark, forbidding castle. She tries to let in more light, persuading her new husband to open the first of seven doors. So begins a disturbing journey of discovery that leads to the seventh door, the castle’s grave secret and her untimely fate.